Dundee Utd 1
Dundee 3
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 28th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 13,626
3:00 PM Kick-off

John Clark (38)
Tommy Coyne (2)
Tommy Coyne (65)
Keith Wright (74)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Jim McInally
Gordon McLeod
Mixu Paatelainen
Iain Ferguson
Kevin Gallacher
Bobby Geddes
Stuart Forsyth
George McGeachie
Rab Shannon
Jim Smith
Gordon Chisholm
Vince Mennie
Stuart Rafferty
Keith Wright
Tommy Coyne
Ian Angus

Joe McLeod
Ian McPhee
Bobby Glennie
Graham Harvey

Joe McLeod for Kevin Gallacher (79)

Iain Ferguson (61)
Dave Bowman (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)

Match Report

We failed to narrow the gap between ourselves and Dundee as they opened up a five point gap over us in the chase for a U.E.F.A. Cup spot. Dundee got off to the perfect start with a goal in two minutes. Keith Wright got in a low cross which evaded Paul Hegarty's efforts to clear and Tommy Coyne steered the ball home from 12 yards. At the other end Jim McInally had a header saved by Geddes at the near post. Billy Thomson had to hastily advance far from goal to clear from Wright. A minute later he had to look lively to stop an Angus header. Gradually we stepped up the pressure as Gordon McLeod shot past after Mixu had created an opening. We drew level in 37 minutes. A Kevin Gallacher header was parried by Geddes but John Clark was on hand to net.

The end to end flow of play continued after the interval. Rafferty was off target with a 25 yard shot and Kevin Gallacher was too high with a first time drive. However, we fell behind when Wright made a run down the right and his cut-back found Tommy Coyne who dummied Billy Thomson before crashing the ball past Maurice Malpas on the line. We immediately replied and won a corner from which John Clark carried the ball past the Dens rearguard but shot past the post. A minute later Geddes brilliantly denied Mixu when he somehow turned the Finns header from an Iain Ferguson cross round the post. In 74 minutes Dundee increased their lead. Rafferty's fierce drive hit the post, rebounded to strike Billy Thomson and the ball rolled in Keith Wright's path and he cracked the ball home. Angus almost made it four when he was wayward with his shot from a Coyne cross. We looked to have reduced the arrears near the end when Iain Ferguson diverted a Dave Bowman shot past Geddes, but Iain was ruled off-side to complete an unhappy afternoon.

Squad Statistics (as at November 28th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 29 - 143 -
Paul Hegarty33 29163080
Maurice Malpas25 29132010
Dave Narey31 27 - 68336
Dave Bowman23 24 - 62 -
John Clark23 16411419
Jim McInally23 161673
Gordon McLeod20 82222
Mixu Paatelainen20 4242
Iain Ferguson25 26107738
Kevin Gallacher21 1329421
Joe McLeod (sub)19 5 - 7 -

League Table (as at November 28th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.